Looking for a fun way to show your appreciation for health care workers, first responders and essential employees from home? Try howling.
Every night at 8 p.m., residents and their pets are invited to join the Chicago Animal Care and Control’s Howl for Heroes event, which honors a different group each day that the CACC would like to thank.
The event kicked off earlier this month after Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May, according to Jennifer Schlueter, assistant to the CACC director and public information officer.
“I know people were getting depressed and frustrated,” Schlueter said. “We wanted to try and do something to lift everyone’s spirits as we continued to stay at home”
The event is very casual, says Schlueter, who howls from her Humboldt Park home. All you need to do is step outside or open a window at 8 p.m. and ... howl.
“People like it. I think what’s been fun about this is (it) connects us with dogs and wolves,” she said, adding CACC has invited people to share videos of themselves and their dogs howling using the hashtags #HowlForHeroes and #StayHomeSaveLives.
Howl for Heroes continues through the end of May, but could be extended, says Schlueter.